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The Saint in London (1939)

The Saint returns to London and with the help of an American pickpocket and a beautiful adventuress breaks a counterfeiting ring.

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Lynn Root (screen play), Frank Fenton (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Sanders ... Simon Templar / The Saint
Sally Gray ... Penny Parker
David Burns David Burns ... Dugan
Gordon McLeod Gordon McLeod ... Inspector Claud Teal
Henry Oscar ... Bruno Lang
Athene Seyler ... Mrs. Buckley
John Abbott ... Count Stephen Duni
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... Kussella
Charles Carson ... Mr. Morgan
Carl Jaffe Carl Jaffe ... Stengler
Norah Howard Norah Howard ... Mrs. Morgan
Ballard Berkeley ... Sir Richard Blake
Charles Paton ... Tobacco Shop Proprietor
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Storyline

The Saint, newly back in London, is tipped by a friend in the Secret Service to a mystery involving one Bruno Lang, seemingly a Society card-sharp, but really involved in a plot to print and pass a million pounds worth of foreign currency. Also involved are various sinister characters; innocent victim Count Duni; the Saint's attractive admirer Penny Parker; and his old nemesis Inspector Teal. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

He's at it again! Fiction's fighting man of mystery! Chasing down the most dramatic crime in London legend! Shock-charged drama--with a peppery bit of love on the side! You'll laugh--shiver--THRILL! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Santo en Londres See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sally Gray, the leading lady in this film, was an established star in England when she made this, and was called "Britain's answer to Ginger Rogers." When she was later offered a long-term contract by RKO, Gray turned it down and chose instead to retire from the screen. See more »

Goofs

When the Saint surreptitiously enters the Lang estate he is carrying a flashlight. While rifling through the safe, it is obvious that the light beam doesn't match the movement of the flashlight in his hand. See more »

Quotes

Tim - Kussella's Chauffeur: [Sarcastically as he frisks Simon] He ain't got a halo.
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George Sanders was the best "Saint" in the series, but he needs a better script.
29 October 1998 | by Art-22See all my reviews

This film is more of an adventure than a mystery, since The Saint is tipped off at the start that Henry Oscar is up to no good, and he quickly learns he's involved in a plot to print £1,000,000 in counterfeit banknotes. The baddies are pointed out early and there are no twists that would have made it more interesting. Even when a murder is committed, you know one of the baddies did it, so it doesn't matter much who it was. George Sanders is excellent in the title role and has a good rapport with his leading lady, Sally Gray, a socialite who helps him for the thrill of it. He also gets considerable help from a pickpocket, David Burns, who is hired by Sanders when he promises to go straight, and of all people, his nemesis from Scotland Yard, Gordon McLeod. I guess I prefer a true mystery, one where clues are given and you can deduce "who done it" if you're clever enough. But even a crime drama such as this, where you simply watch it unfold, could be enjoyable if it were scripted better.


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